Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications.
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WILLMAR -- Jesus Elizabeth Vasquez, 32, of Willmar was sentenced to a year and a day of stayed prison time, 10 years of probation and 2,080 hours of community service work on felony charges of aggravated forgery and wrongfully obtaining assistance. As part of her sentence handed down by Judge Kathryn N. Smith in Kandiyohi County District Court, Vasquez was ordered to pay $68,368.65 in restitution in the case.
WILLMAR -- Cody Lee Friese, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of third-degree burglary for burglarizing and vandalizing a home in February. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from second-degree and three additional felony charges for theft, property damage and receiving stolen property will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 30. He agreed to pay restitution in the case. The charges were filed after Willmar Police officers were called Feb. 6 to a home along Second Street Southeast.
BENSON -- Charles Elmer Hoberg, 39, of Benson, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of dangerous weapons/drive-by shooting toward a motor vehicle or building for his role in shooting up a rural Benson man's home and attempting to run the man over with a vehicle. As part of a plea agreement reached in Swift County District Court, two additional felony charges, for second-degree assault and possession of a pistol or assault weapon after conviction for a violent crime, will be dismissed. Hoberg will be sentenced on Dec.
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Atwater man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired for running from the law at speeds of more that 100 mph on Sept. 17. As part of a plea agreement, the impaired driving charge against Steven Bruce Wothe was lowered from a gross misdemeanor and two additional charges will be dismissed in Kandiyohi County District Court. He will be sentenced Dec. 1. The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County deputy, on patrol around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 17 along U.S.
WILLMAR -- Danny Duron Jr., 18, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 150 days in the county jail, 100 hours of community service and probation until his 21st birthday on two charges stemming from a May 21 incident that involved kidnapping a teenager and stealing his car from McDonald's parking lot. Duron's juvenile sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges of false imprisonment and simple robbery. As part of a plea agreement, three additional charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft, plus a gross misdemeanor for third-degree riot,
WILLMAR -- A 57-year-old rural Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on felony charges for allegedly threatening a man with a gun and shooting seven puppies on Saturday. Terence Dale Schwartz faces charges of second-degree assault and animal cruelty in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Nov. 9. According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called around 6 p.m.
WILLMAR -- A 36-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on two felony criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly molesting a young girl. Adrian Lee Vanderlinden faces one first-degree and one second-degree charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000 with conditional bail allowed for $25,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the children involved in the case and any other children under the age of 18 and possess no weapons.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday supporting a grant application to the Minnesota State High School League for funding to help low-income students pay participation fees and for automated external deliberators and training. The action was taken at the board's regular meeting.
OLIVIA -- Three people were arrested Thursday and made their first court appearances Monday in Renville County District Court on drug-selling charges. According to a news release from the Olivia Police Department, Rey David Guerrero, 26, and Jessica Elizabeth Munoz-Guerrero, 22, of Olivia, and Charles Manual Willert, 27, of Hector, were arrested after as search warrant was served Thursday on a home along Cedar Avenue in Olivia. Olivia officers, and officers from the Renville County Sheriff's Office and CEE-VI Drug Task Force, served the warrant and discovered drugs, a gun, money and other ev
OLIVIA -- Two 33-year-old Olivia women have been arrested and charged with controlled substance crimes for allegedly selling prescription pills to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent and informant. Nikki Jean Chalupsky and Fay Lynn Eisenbraun were arrested late last week by the Olivia Police Department and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force and made their first appearances in Renville County District Court on Oct. 16 and Tuesday. Chalupsky made her first court appearance on Oct. 16 on a first-degree controlled substance sale charge.